How Many Reps?

by Steve Troutman on April 4, 2016

This newsletter received a ton of positive feedback so figured it was worthy enough to throw up on the main site, too. I know that there are a handful of you who aren’t subscribed to the newsletter and rely on the website for your BI information. So here goes…


There are many many differences between a master of fitness and you. The vast majority of these differences can be summed up in a simple concept.


What stands between you and the master is lots and lots of reps. They’ve paid their dues of honing the skills that support “a masters” in fitness (or insert any other desired behavior or outcome).

You most likely hold yourselves to the same standard as the master. You see how they behave and expect the same from yourself. It’s effortless for them and a struggle for you, though, because reps.

They’ve got them and you don’t.

They eased themselves into the position they currently find themselves in and you’re trying to brute force yourself there without the prerequisite reps.

This takes time. It’s a process. A journey of many steps. It’s not about doing everything perfectly. That’s a recipe for self-hate and frustration. It’s about doing one thing – the step that’s before you – as well as you can in this moment.

You needn’t be a master at all the steps. Let that notion go. Simply master your now… this moment. And if you drop the ball, that’s ok. Really, embrace the concept of “it’s ok.” It’s such a powerful thing.

Give yourself permission to be a student of your life. To make mistakes and to learn.

Mess up this step… THAT’S OK! Onto the next one.

The thing about failure is it only sucks if you think it sucks. If you think that each tiny failure will truly impact you in a positive way – if you’re open to that – the entire game of life changes.

So back to the original question… how many reps? As many as it takes. And hopefully by then you’re open enough, curious enough, and inspired enough about your personal mission to do some more.

Get your reps in!

The idea of a process of tiny steps is about as eloquently presented in this video as I’ve ever seen. If you have a spare 40 minutes, please watch it. I promise, your episode of Dare Devil can wait until tomorrow.

If you actually do invest the time in the video, please hit reply and simply let me know. I owe you a virtual high five for taking a tiny step that I know has the potential to send ripples to other important areas of your life.

Until next time,


P.S. If you or someone you knows is struggling to dial into the process mentality and want an empathetic coach who’s seasoned in meeting people where they’re at and nudging them forward into sustainable change… please keep my coaching service in mind.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Tyson Harrop April 4, 2016 at 11:25 pm

Very inspiring. I started watching with fitness in mind, but ended up mostly using it for life approach…. to marriage and career. Also, in my simpleton way of trying to relay this, I like to say to folks that are already doing the little things, but aren’t “there” yet in their minds… to “just add time”. Meaning, just as how the simplest of recipes might say “just add water” cuz you already have all the ingredients, so do these folks already have what is needed when compared to the “masters”, other than time invested.


Steve Troutman April 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

Great analogy, Tyson! Thanks for chiming in. I agree… time is an important ingredient. Or better yet… practice. That’s how I frame it for clients. They essentially equate to the same thing but the idea of practice:

a) let’s them see that the more they show up and try, the better at it they’ll become

b) takes pressure off to get it perfect since, again, it’s practice.


Adriana Anleu April 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Thanks Steve, it was just what I need to hear


Steve Troutman April 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

I’m glad Adriana! Thanks for tuning in.


Rachel April 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Great video thanks for posting.


Steve Troutman April 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm

High five to you for watching Rachel!


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